|Upton Sinclair/End Poverty in California - Shaping San Francisco|
Lauren Coodley’s new biography of Sinclair dubs him a “California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual”. She sheds light on his remarkable life as the writer who exposed the meatpacking industry in The Jungle, the depradations of the oil industry, the wrongful prosecutions of Sacco and Vanzetti as well as the Wobblies, but Coodley reveals a previously under-appreciated side of Sinclair: his feminism. Jay Martin joins the discussion to focus on Sinclair’s momentous 1934 California guberna...
Keywords: Upton Sinclair; feminism; EPIC; End Poverty in California; 1934 Governor's race; California politics; suffrage; temperance; prohibition
|Urban Agriculture Urban Nature - Shaping San Francisco|
In a recent Earth Island Journal interview, Michael Pollan notes a question underlying his work, "How do you think through this relationship in the messy places where nature and culture have to engage with one another?" As urban dwellers, how do we decide what to do with our open spaces, our sidewalks, our schoolyards, our vacant lots? Do we use them to grow food, tend natives, allow wild spaces to exist? These choices require different skill bases (growing soil vs...
Keywords: urban agriculture; farming; community gardens; horticulture; habitat; urban permaculture; permaculture; wild; weeds; species; wildlife; corridors
|Nawrocki--Cazzarola! - Shaping San Francisco|
Cazzarola! is a gripping, epic, political, historical, and romantic novel spanning 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a fictional family of Italian anarchists. It details the family's heroic, multigenerational resistance to fascism in Italy and their ongoing involvement in the anarchist movement. From early 20th-century factory strikes and occupations, armed anarchist militias, and attempts on Mussolini's life, to postwar student and labor protest, and confronting the newest wave of conte...
Keywords: anarchism; Italy; Mussolini; love story; anti-fascism
|Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance - Shaping San Francisco|
In this majestic tour de force, celebrated historian Peter Linebaughtakes aim at the thieves of land, polluters of the seas, ravagers of the forests, despoilers of rivers, and removers of mountaintops. Scarcely a society has existed on the face of the earth that has not had commoning at its heart. "Neither the state nor the market," say the planetary commoners. Linebaugh kindles the embers of memory like few other historians of our time to ignite our future commons...
Keywords: commons; enclosures; England; 1790s; Ned Ludd; Queen Mab; industrialization; wage-slavery; commoning; William Blake; Tom Paine
|Saltworks And Shorelines - Shaping San Francisco|
Cris Benton has used kite photography to document the surprisingly beautiful “saltscapes” of the South Bay, while Matthew Booker’s Down By the Bay is one of the best recent histories of the long, complicated, and contradictory relationship of urbanizing humans and the amazing inland estuary we enjoy as the Bay.
Keywords: Bay; San Francisco Bay; Bay Area; shorelines; salt ponds; reclamation; marshes; wetlands; salt industry; chemical industry; restoration; suburbia; sea walls; levees
|Design Radicals: Berkeley 1960s and Today - Shaping San Francisco|
As San Francisco emerged as the hub of counterculture pilgrimage routes in the late-1960s, radical politics and social change galvanized design ideals in Berkeley. The East Bay became the site of bold experiments in graphic arts, environmental activism, handcraft pedagogy, and self-build technologies. Fast forward to 2011 and the creation of the local hub PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, a center linking our radical past to the resilient future, as it fosters many of the same ideals. Gr...
Keywords: architecture; design; ecology; emergence; integration; holism; urban nature; geodesic domes; Sym Van der Ryn; Berkeley; Oakleyville; PLACE for Sustainability
|Biodiversity City February 5 2014 - Shaping San Francisco|
As Biophilic Cities are becoming a part of international consciousness, urban spaces are adding green roofs and elevated walking paths that traverse urban canopies, even daylighting creeks. How does San Francisco fit into all this? Could San Francisco could become a City of Biodiversity? Do we use the great work done by other cities as inspiration to celebrate our relationship with the natural world, or in friendly competition with them to become the “greenest”? How can San Franciscans bette...
Keywords: biodiversity; species; habitats; nature; nature in the city; urban nature; flowers; butterflies; creeks
|Songs Of Freedom celebration - Shaping San Francisco|
Songs of Freedom is the name of the songbook edited by James Connolly and published in 1907. Connolly's introduction is better known than the collection for which it was written, containing his oft-quoted maxim: “Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few and not the faith of the multitude.” Though most of the songs were of Irish derivation, the s...
Keywords: Ireland; Scotland; England; New York; revolutionary songs; Irish socialism; Scottish socialism; James Connolly; nationalism
|Latinos At The Golden Gate Jan 15 2014 - Shaping San Francisco|
Latin American migrants have been part of San Francisco’s story since its beginning. Charting the development of a hybrid Latino identity forged through struggle--latinidad--from the Gold Rush through the civil rights era, Tomás Summers Sandoval describes the rise of San Francisco’s diverse community of Latin American migrants, giving a panoramic pespective on the transformation of a multinational, multi-generational population that is today a visible, cohesive, and politically active com...
Keywords: Latino; Latina; Chicano; Chicana; Hispanic; San Francisco; North Beach; Mission; MCO; Mexican-American; Salvadoran; Nicaraguan
|Remembering Los Siete Dec 4 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
The seven young men who became iconic heroes of San Francisco's left and Latino political ferment in the 1970s were eventually acquitted of murder. While the campaign to defend them led to an explosion of social organizing, we know little about how these men's lives developed in the years that followed, losing track of real people in the mists of political legitimacy and hero-worship.Vero Majano takes a look at what happened to Los Siete in the decades since the famous trial, and gives us a cha...
Keywords: Los Siete; La Raza; Latino; San Francisco; Mission; 1970s; New Left; brown power; daily life; Irish; Italians; gentrification
|Literary North Mission Nov 13 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
Art & Politics: Literary Treasures of the North MissionPoets, painters, writers, and other cultural and literary denizens of the single-room-occupancy hotels of the North Mission, especially the Royan, the Crown, the Albion, and others, will be remembered, regaled, and recited. San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia reminisces and recites, bringing in literary heroes of the past decades.
Keywords: Literary San Francisco; poets; poetry; Valencia; 16th Street; North Mission; Royan Hotel; Albion Hotel; Jack Micheline; Harold Norse
|Confronting Cultural Genocide Nov 7 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
Doesn't European and American history in San Francisco begin with genocide? What does this mean in practice? Today, we have the chance to talk with people who descend from some of those who lived here before 1775, when Europeans arrived. We can't change what happened, but history is ongoing, including assumptions we hold today. What can we learn about San Francisco, the US, Europe, the Ohlone and Native America from this dialogue? Can "we" change who "we" are? The Ohlone Profiles Project wants...
Keywords: Ohlone; Native Americans; genocide; survival; Alcatraz; American Indians; Indian peoples; termination policy
|Liberation Biology Oct 30 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
Who are we, and what is our place in the world of the living? The Modern Synthesis of Biology, much of it conceived and incubated in the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a conceptual steel trap dictating much of what we do not only with our ecosystems, but also with our economy, our politics and our very selves. Liberation Biology proposes a critical approach to the deep roots of our understanding of the living...
Keywords: Biology; physics; central dogma; dna; code; gene; debunking
|Unsettlers: El Cabe - Shaping San Francisco|
In Adriana Camarena's new work the most precarious residents of the Mission are the central storytellers. In this, the latest presentation of her ongoing work-in-progress, she tells the story of El Cabe, accompanied by Los Alegres del Bajio. Her project covers a range of historic tales of Californian daily life: Indigenous migrants on their day off from construction or cooking on the line, watch movies inside their shared group apartments...
Keywords: migration; border; desert crossing; Guadalajara; Los Angeles; Mexico; Cesar Chavez; trust; storytelling
|Indigenous Prehistory - Shaping San Francisco|
Imagine a time when the land that we know as the Franciscan Peninsula extended out to the Farallones and mastodons and tigers roamed freely. Imagine small seasonal villages along waterways engaged in trading across the bay, and tule canoes making the journey. Park Historian Breck Parkman will share his extensive research into the prehistory of the Bay Area, and Malcolm Margolin (Heyday Books, The Ohlone Way) joins in with his years of exploring the indigenous history of the region. Mary Je...
Keywords: indigenous; ohlone; Bay Area; pre-urban; pre-Spanish; prehistory
|Red Army Faction history - Shaping San Francisco|
Co-editor J. Smith of the three-volume documentary history of the emblematic urban guerrillas will be in town to discuss his work, the life, times and enduring relevance of the RAF."A fascinating history of the German revolutionary left in the 1970s and 1980s. It powerfully situates the RAF within a broader orbit of revolutionary politics and world events. It gives us the inside story of how militants did and might engage with police, prisons, informants, media and one another in the context of ...
Keywords: RAF; Red Army Faction; Revolutionary Cells; Carlos; PFLP; terrorism; 1970s; Germany; 1980s; Red Brigades; autonomism; anti-nuclear movement
|Radical Archiving and Cataloguing as Social History - Shaping San Francisco|
What role do nontraditional archives play in the preservation and interpretation of peoples' history? This open discussion will explore some of the opportunities and challenges of radical repositories. Some of the issues that will be addressed include:What defines a radical archive?What can be productive relations between community-based or independent archives and more established (and establishment) institutions?What tools and processes are making it easier to document, catalog, and share oppo...
Keywords: archives; history; historiography; silence; digital media; paper; books; newspapers; formats; storage; collections; stuff
|Bay Bridge Sept 11 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
Chris Carlsson presents a historic look at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, how it has changed over time, going from two-way traffic on the top deck (3 lanes in each direction) with trains and trucks on the lower deck, to today's new span. The history of automobility surrounding the bridge, and the many other schemes to build more bridges and crisscross San Francisco with high-speed freeways shows the context of the Bridge.....
Keywords: Bay Bridge; freeways; Freeway Revolt; Southern Crossing; infrastructure
|Stop 4 Komotion - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour Stop 4: Komotion International, an underground music and performance space at 2779 16th Street, c. 1986-97.
Keywords: punk; performance; Mission District; San Francisco; 1980s; 1990s; Robin Ballinger; Sasha Lilly
|Stop 3 Bryant And Alameda W Jesse - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Walking Tour Stop 3: The Vats, breweries, Hostess Bakery and more...
Keywords: The Vats; punk; beer; breweries; Hostess Twinkies
|Stop 4 Komotion - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 4: Komotion International, an underground music and performance space at 2779 16th Street, 1986-1997.
Keywords: music; punk; world beat; Robin Ballinger; Sasha Lilly; Komotion; 1980s; 1990s; San Francisco
|Stop 2 Leathermen - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 2: Leathermen in SOMA
Keywords: gay; homosexual; leather; leathermen; Stud; leather bars
|Stop 1 Sugarworks And Wetlands - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 1: Gordon's sugar works, surrounding wetlands, butchertown and more.
Keywords: sugarworks; George Gordon; butchertown; sand dunes; steam paddy; wetlands
|Stop 5 16th and Capp - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 5: The Redstone Building, former Labor Temple.
Keywords: labor; Labor Temple; Redstone Building; Painters Union; Dow Wilson; CAMP; murals
|Stop 6 16th and Hoff - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 6, The Gartland Pit
Keywords: arson; fire; gentrification; 1970s; Misson; Valencia; Gartland Pit
|Talking About Science And Ecology in Public - Shaping San Francisco|
Join a challenging conversation some have dubbed "environmental communications in the Anthropocene" to discuss the problems with presenting complex ecological information publicly. Rose Aguilar from KALW's Your Call radio, Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute, and environmental scientist and climate change activist Azibuike Akaba discuss and debate issues of scientific literacy, critical thinking, basic education, attention spans, buzzwords, guest selection, framing and definition of scient...
Keywords: Environmentalism; ecology; anthropocene; communications; meaning; language; memes; propaganda; science; critical thinking; literacy
|"We are not machines!" The Situation and Struggles of the iSlaves in China - Shaping San Franicisco|
Foxconn, the world's biggest contract manufacturer, employs more than one million people in China alone, working for Apple and many other brands. Foxconn's workers, the iSlaves, face horrendous working conditions while producing iPhones and iPads. In 2010 a series of worker suicides at Chinese Foxconn factories drew world-wide attention. The situation has not changed much since: instead of improving conditions, Foxconn accelerated the relocation of factories to the Chinese hinterland, and still ...
Keywords: China; Foxconn; Apple; iPhone; iPad; iSlave; iPod; working class; class struggle; strikes; riots; protest
|Unsettlers: Migrants, Homies, and Mammas in the MissionMay 8 2013 Unsettlers - Shaping San Francisco|
In Adriana Camarena's new work the most precarious residents of the Mission are the central storytellers. Theirs are historic tales of Californian daily life: Indigenous migrants on their day off from construction or cooking on the line, watch movies inside their shared group apartments. Parents, raising children in the Mission, fend off poverty by working hard, with the result that their dutifulness sometimes translates into absence for their kids...
Keywords: Mission District; gentrification; displacement; Homies; Migrants; immigration; mothers; sorrows; gun violence; drugs; crime
|Art & Politics: Rebar, April 24 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
In recent years, much has made about the opposition between urban strategies and urban tactics. One is supposedly rooted in technocratic control of the city by a planning elite, the other is the response of artists and activists determined to reclaim the right to an environment generated by, and for, citizens themselves. Rebar has explored this territory through tactical urban interventions -- both sactioned and unsanctioned -- but is also interested in going beyond the simple opposition between...
Keywords: design; tactical urbanism; urbanism; public space; park(ing) day; intervention; art; commons; cooperation
|Chinese Whispers - Shaping San Francisco|
An evening of stories and discussion about the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (which wasn’t rescinded until 1943!) on the Chinese American community in San Francisco. This infamous legacy was both subtly woven into community cultural life, and overtly demarcated social and geographical boundaries. Chinese Whispers, a research and storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the American West, will present excerpted stories from the Bay Area which reveal the deep impact of ...
Keywords: Chinese; Chinatown; Exclusion Act; racism; community; borders; identity; language
|Designing Resilient Landscapes March 27 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
What history teaches us about San Francisco and the Bay-Delta Estuary Ruth Askevold and Robin Grossinger from the San Francisco Estuary Institute present their amazing historical maps and discuss their groundbreaking work in "forensic ecology," which is contributing to restoration efforts and galvanizing public attitudes around the Bay. Derek Hitchcock also joins the conversation to discuss current restoration efforts he is engaged in on the Napa River, as well as contextualizing the Napa with ...
Keywords: San Francisco Bay; coastline; landfill; shellmounds; dikes; berms; riparian corridors; restoration; Napa River; Yuba River; creeks; rivers; forensic ecology; historic maps; rising oceans; climate change
|Asias Unknown Uprisings March 13 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
The 2nd volume of George Katsiaficas's monumental study of Asian Revolutions, this provides a unique perspective on uprisings in nine places in East Asia over the past five decades. While the 2011 Arab Spring is well known, the wave of uprisings that swept East Asia in the 1980s became hardly visible. Katsiaficas relates Asian uprisings to predecessors in 1968 and shows their subsequent influence on the wave of uprisings that swept Eastern Europe at the end of the 1980s...
Keywords: People Power; Uprisings; Asia; Philippines; Burma; Tibet; China; Tienamen Square; Taiwan; Bangladesh; Nepal; Thailand
|Pier 70, Transforming 19th Century Ironworks to a 21st Century ... ? - Shaping San Francisco|
Ralph Wilson, Jasper Rubin, and artist Wendy MacNaughton in a wide-ranging critical look at the history and plans for the oldest industrial buildings west of the Mississippi River, the launchpad for much of the U.S.'s imperial fleet in the late 19th and early 20th century. Increasingly derelict over the past few decades, but still home to the last drydock in San Francisco, big plans are afoot. Join critics, analysts, and artists for a closer look.
Keywords: Pier 70; San Francisco; waterfront; shoreline; Union Iron Works; Bethlehem Steel; shipyards; docks
|Revolution Of Everyday Life - Shaping San Francisco|
With translator Donald Nicholson-Smith. There is a grain of truth in the stereotypical view that Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem, as two leading lights of the Situationist International, stood for two opposite poles of the movement: the objective Debord versus the subjective Vaneigem: Marxism versus anarchism: icy cerebrality versus sensualism: and, of course, The Society of the Spectacle versus The Revolution of Everyday Life --the two major programmatic books of the Situationist International, w...
Keywords: Situationists; Raoul Vaneigem; Donald Nicholson-Smith; France; radicalism; Debord; Society of the Spectacle
|Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth - Shaping San Francisco|
From editor Sasha Lilley's essay: "By its very nature, capitalism is catastrophic. There should be no doubt that the multiple social, and especially ecological, crises of our time are genuine and cataclysmic. We are suggesting, however, that politics embedded within the logic of catastrophe â that the catastrophe will deliver a new world, or that it will create the conditions under which people automatically take action â do not serve the left and environmental movement...
Keywords: Catastrophism; catastrophe; apocalypse; end times; doom and gloom; fear; politics; right-wing; left-wing; environmentalism
|The Tigers of Market Street: Butterfly Habitat along a Busy Urban Corridor - Shaping San Francisco|
Not long after the transit tunnels of Muni and Bart went in below Market Street in the '70s, a San Franciscan butterfly â the Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) discovered an ecosystem freshly lined with one of its larval food, or host trees: the London Plane sycamore (Plantanus acerifolia). Males fly among the treetops, females lay eggs on the leaves, caterpillars feed and pupate, and adult butterflies emerge...
Keywords: butterflies; Tiger Swallowtail; London Plane trees; Sycamores; riparian corridors; canyons; urban habitat; species; Better Market Street
|Old City Hall: Corruption & Racism in 19th Century San Francisco - Shaping San Francisco|
Glenn Lym presents an architectural and political history of the 27-year project of building the original City Hall, a building that fell down in the 1906 earthquake, revealing deeply inadequate and corrupt building practices. Meanwhile, when contruction began in the 1870s, the white working class was raging against capitalism and the Chinese in equal parts, providing the impetus for the 1882 federal Chinese Exclusion Act...
Keywords: Old City Hall; San Francisco; architecture; earthquake; 1906; Workingmen's Party of California; racism; anti-Chinese; Union Labor Party; James Phelan
|Planning 4th Street: Remaking a San Francisco Corridor - Shaping San Francisco|
Josh Switzky, Steve Wertheim, John Elberling and others look at the effort to redesign and rethink the 4th Street corridor as it becomes the new north-south subway route. New public spaces are being opened in the many underutilized alleys, while the demographic shifts of SOMA continue apace.
Keywords: planning; SOMA; tech economy; jobs; upzoning; subway; 4th Street
|Clarion Alley Mural Project 20 Years On - Shaping San Francisco|
Established in 1992 by a volunteer collective of North Mission residents, the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was directly inspired by the mural cluster in Balmy Alley focused on Central American social struggles. Over the past two decades artists of all ages and levels of experience representing every social and ethnic group have created over 350 pieces on this one block street. Fresh from celebrating 20 years at the Clarion Alley Block Party on October 20th, CAMP collective members will tal...
Keywords: alleys; murals; art; politics; volunteerism; gentrification; cooptation
|Ohlone Profiles Project - Shaping San Francisco|
The largest living Ohlone tribe began a migration from San Francisco's Mission Dolores in 1834 and now lives in Pomona, CA. From June 2012 to November 2013 the Ohlone Profiles Project is bringing this peninsula's original inhabitants back to this land where they will be holding community meetings, healing ceremonies, and other gatherings to begin a Truth and Reconciliation process between the City and the Tribe...
Keywords: Ohlone; indigenous; indian; San Francisco; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Federal recognition; Pomona; Bear dance; rituals
|Mexico Today: Dinosaurs, Popular Refusal, and Hashtags! - Shaping San Francisco|
Mexicans are experiencing unprecedented levels of violence but are responding with unprecedented levels of mobilization at the base of society. From the No MÃ¡s Sangre movement to the #yosoy132, Mexican people are contesting established powers and âprehistoricâ institutions. How do we reconcile the return of the PRI with an insurgent population determined to rewrite their own history?
Keywords: #yosoy132; Mexico; corruption; elections; presidential elections; Narcotraficantes; Drug trade; Oaxaca; migration; borders
|Green Corridor Teach-In - Shaping San Francisco|
The Next Step in Sustainability Are you an Activist? Naturalist? Educator? â¦or just curious? Want to learn about increasing habitat for local species? â¦transformative programs and projects? â¦Service learning for kids of all ages? â¦native plants, gardening, urban sustainability? Join us for an old-fashioned Teach-In: Greening San Francisco: Wild Corridors and Guerrilla Gardens, from the Bay to Ocean Beach...
Keywords: Green Corridor; public space; backyards; community gardens; habitat; endangered species; native plants; Green Hairstreak Butterfly; butterflies
|Against the Grain: Art, Politics, and the Gentrification of San Francisco - Shaping San Francisco|
Why has the Bay Area been such a cauldron for the melding of art and politics? And what did a period of heightened gentrification do to San Francisco's radical culture? Komotion International, the legendary artist collective and performance, music, and art space -- which nurtured musicians like Michael Franti, Consolidated, and Primus -- epitomized the spirt of rebellion and creativity, leaving a deep mark...
Keywords: Music; punk; underground; San Francisco; 1980s; 1990s; Komotion; world music
|Bristol Radical History Group - Shaping San Francisco|
Roger Wilson of the Bristol Radical History group gives a wide-ranging Talk covering 17th and 18th century history around Bristol, England, including a debunking of the common narrative of the anti-slavery movement, putting the working people of England back into the saga. He also gives a fresh look of the mass riots of 1831, and brings the interventions of the Bristol Radical History Group in our era into the unfolding of "history from below." If you want to find out what unites a 17th Century ...
Keywords: History from below; riots; England; Britain; anti-slavery
|FoundSF: Dissent - Shaping San Francisco|
Shaping SF co-director Chris Carlsson gives a multi-layered tour through the FoundSF.org collection, focusing on the theme of dissent. Labor history in the 19th century, antebellum anti-slavery efforts, women's suffrage, the 1934 Big Strike, the rise of gay liberation, anti-nuclear and anti-war politics in the 1970s and 80s, the 1991 Gulf War, and 2003 anti-war efforts to prevent the invasion of Iraq.....
Keywords: dissent; antiwar; anti-nuclear; occupy
|What Are Our Streets For? - Shaping San Francisco|
Emerging visions for public thoroughfares challenge the 20th century paradigm of automobile-centric streets. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and wild critters are all demanding their own ways to cross the city. San Francisco's "Green Connections" project seeks to integrate these new visions into San Francisco's urban grid. Join Andy Thornley (SF Bike Coalition), Peter Brastow (Nature in the City), Elizabeth Stampe (Walk SF), and the SF Planning Dept.'s Kearstin Dischinger to critically evalute these co...
Keywords: Streets; public space; thoroughfares; green connections; wildlife corridors; bikeways; bike boulevards; walking; pedestrians; traffic calming
|Art & Politics: Amy Franceschini - Shaping San Francisco|
Amy Franceschini is a pollinator who creates formats for exchange and production that question and challenge the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround her. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between humans and nature. Her projects reveal the ways that local politics are affected by globalization. In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists...
Keywords: art; farm; agriculture; urban; food; politics; commodity; whimsy
|Rock, Posters, and Politics! - Shaping San Francisco|
Mat Callahan and Lincoln Cushing present an incredible slide show of dozens of rock and political posters from the 1960s and1970s, discussing the role of music and art in the politics of the era, and the way the commercial culture worked to co-opt and reintegrate that burst of creativity into the demands of consumer capitalism.
Keywords: Rock; posters; art; Bill Graham; KMPX; KSAN; politics; festival; rock concerts; capitalism
|Mat Callahan presents the "James Connolly--Songs of Freedom" project - Shaping San Francisco|
Musician and author Mat Callahan presents the James Connolly-Songs of Freedom project. "Songs of Freedom" is a collection of lyrics edited by Irish revolutionary, James Connolly, and published in New York in 1907. Its rediscovery and revival is a project undertaken by Callahan and a group of Irish, American and Swiss musicians. Tonight's event will include an account of how this project began as well as a performance of some of the songs...
Keywords: Ireland; James Connolly; 1916; Easter Rising; music; revolution; politics; Irish nationalism; International socialism
|Radically Gay: Harry Hay, LGBT Pioneer - Shaping San Francisco|
Harry Hay was a co-founder of the Mattachine Society, participant in the San Francisco General Strike of 1934, organizer of the first Radical Faerie Gathering. Harry Hay was at the heart of arts, activism, spirituality and sexual identities in the 20th century. Learn about this amazing man and discuss his legacies today. With Will Roscoe, editor of "Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder--Harry Hay" (Beacon Press: 1996), and Joey Cain, curator of the new exhibit on Harry Hay a...
Keywords: homosexual; gay; gay rights; queer; gender; theater; Maritime strike 1934; Communist Party